3/14/2003

wednesday brunch. blueberry pancakes, round ii. (god bless irma and progeny.) oh, and in case you're wondering (as joyce was), the liquid substance in the pint glass is the current favorite, tropicana ruby red grapefruit juice. no, not vomit. thursday: rainy night just on the cusp of spring, but wet shoes and a lost sock didn't keep us from finally taking a trip out to park slope to sample chef anna klinger's tasty [mostly] venetian dishes at al di la. to start, tim had some baccala mantecato to spread on grilled polenta. i thought it was perfect, but he would have preferred a more creamy texture. i had the casunsiei: beet-ricotta ravioli with a butter-poppy seed sauce and a dusting of parm. soooo good, i wish i had room to try the other paste and risotti. lots of specials at al di la: a sweet pea and mascarpone ravioli, braised beef cheeks, braised whole pancetta, rack of lamb. he had the braised rabbit with black olives and creamy polenta (molto sapori) and i had the calf's liver alla veneziana (crisped on the outisde, creamy inside) with caramelized onions and more of the grilled polenta. i think this could be my new favorite place to eat in brooklyn. the space is a really highly-textured combination of the raw (exposed brick, chipped-paint ceiling) and the ornate (crystal chandelier, heavy draperies), and service was lovely. dolci: pear cake with bitter chocolate chunks. oh, and they have great bread as well.

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